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IT firms targeted by data protection scams

If you receive a threatening letter, put it in the bin& Bogus agencies are targeting software and IT companies with threatening letters demanding extortionate fees to register under the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA). The scale of the problem has forced the UK’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commission (IC), to take the unusual step of issuing a warning urging tech firms not to fall for the scams. The official fee for firms who process personal data to register with the IC directly is just £35 a year but fake agencies have been sending out letters scaring businesses into believing they have fallen foul of the DPA and must pay a fee of between £95 and £135 to register. The IC received 60,000 calls last year from businesses that had received these letters and is still taking 2,000 calls a month. Many silicon.com readers have also contacted us in recent months saying they have been targeted. Full Story

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